AMA Announces New COVID-19 Health Equity Resources
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a new online resource hub aimed at shining a light on structural issues contributing to and exacerbating health inequities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These carefully curated resources, assembled by the AMA Center for Health Equity, build upon ongoing AMA efforts to ensure physicians have the support and tools necessary to navigate the changing landscape posed by the COVID-19 pandemic while providing critical care for patients.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the strength, resiliency, and capacity of the physician and frontline health care workforce in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis, but it has also laid bare an alarming picture in which marginalized and minoritized patients suffer disproportionately,” says AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA. “Today, deep-seated inequities—like higher rates of chronic diseases, lower access to health care, and lack of paid sick leave—that affect communities of color at higher rates are heightened during this crisis. These timely and topical resources were designed to ensure that physicians are equipped with the information they need to confront inequities and advance equity across all aspects of the health care system.”
The new tools for physicians include the following:
1. A Curated List of Health Equity Resources
2. Health Equity Considerations and Frequently Asked Questions
3. Demographic Data and Its Implications
The AMA’s Center for Health Equity works to improve the lives of all Americans by prioritizing and advocating for optimal health for all. The initiative is led by the AMA’s first-ever Chief Health Equity Officer Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, who recently spoke with Oprah Winfrey about the impact of COVID-19 on black communities, prompted by her New York Times op-ed urging the federal government and states to collect and release race and ethnicity data on COVID-19. In April, Harris led a national AMA physician town hall aimed at confronting important issues faced by physicians amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and was a panelist on a BET/NAACP town hall focused on addressing the real trauma impacting communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AMA will also continue to release other information and tools in response to the urgent public health crisis to support physicians and the patients they care for, which can be found on the AMA’s COVID-19 Resource Center.
Source: American Medical Association